Posts Tagged ‘hacking’

Déjà Vu…Have I Read This Post Before?

Posted: January 2, 2011 in Main
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Thought we were done with hacking? Guess again.

Finally received the long-awaited approval from MCST for hacking of the front foyer tiles which everyone hated but no one could do anything about. Contractor wastes no time in activating the demolition brothers…

Goodbye for the final time. These are the last remaining original tiles from the old house.

Say hello to my little friend…

Makita power scraper, meet Makita demolition hammer.

The demo brothers really leaning in with their body weight. Two thumbs up for these guys. With the heavy impact, deafening noise and billowing dust, this is really tough work they do day in and out.

Tiles reduced to rubble in under ten minutes.

Rubble removed, and the foyer ready to receive its layer of cement screed.

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‘Scuse Me, While I Kiss The Sky…

Posted: December 26, 2010 in Main
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The false ceilings were removed today, revealing the actual height of the kitchen and bathroom.

We’re still not sure if we’ll add a new false ceiling for the kitchen or leave all the pipes exposed, but the overall objective is to keep the lines as clean as possible.

With the short wall on the left going soon, this horizontal box-up becomes redundant. It was purely cosmetic anyway, and as can been seen from the photo, not even concealing anything.

Bathroom ceiling in its naked glory. This we will replace to original specs. We had to remove it though, as we intend to reposition the water heater from under the cabinet to above the ceiling.

On the left the pipes for the air-conditioning are visible.

Distribution box shifted to one side, so that the wall it was previously mounted on can be demolished.

Open Sesame

Posted: December 20, 2010 in Bedroom, Living room
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Arrived today to find the doorway to the bedroom widened. And by widening, I mean someone took a sledgehammer to the wall. In contractor-speak, it sure looks like there is going to be a lot of “make good” needed to get the door to its final size.

Still, initial impressions are good; this alteration to the house seems to really open up the place, most likely because there is now clear line of sight from one end to the other.

View from the bedroom. The black box hanging in the middle of the hole is the original light switch, that’s how much wall has been hacked off.

Welcome To The War Zone…

Posted: December 20, 2010 in Bathroom, Kitchen
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Today we cross into serious, no turning back territory. The key word here is rubble, and lots of it.

Kitchen floor tiles almost all out. The new cabinets will be suspended, so the existing cabinet base will have to be hacked out too.

The bathroom is now a graveyard of floor and wall tiles. Most people would find this the messiest stage of home renovations, but the old toilet tiles grossed us out so much we’re more than happy to bid them goodbye.

Interestingly, hacking the tiles has introduced a funky chemical smell into the house. Crossing fingers that it will go away with time.

The pile of old laminate planks have been removed, and in its place, the new bathroom tiles. We’re going with a 15 x 60 cm rectangular tile for both the floor and walls. We found this at Soon Bee Huat for under $3, and while not perfect, it’s a good approximation of the original $8 tile we first fell in love with at Rice Fields.

Reno Day 1: Bedroom

Posted: December 19, 2010 in Bedroom
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We’ve identified two key areas of focus for the bedroom renovations. Building ample storage space and bringing in more natural light into the living room.

To that end, the plans are to reposition and widen the bedroom door. We’re replacing the original wooden door with a 4.5 ft clear glass sliding door, which should help to brighten things up.

Repositioning the door will also create space for a 15 ft wardrobe, which is pretty much all the storage space we have in this apartment.

Door and door frame removed. Wall looks like someone took a bite out of it.

Balcony area with the sliding doors removed. Hopefully the newly acquired roominess will not be lost once the new bi-fold doors are in.

Reno Day 1: Bathroom

Posted: December 14, 2010 in Bathroom
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The bathroom is the other area which will undergo major renovation work.

Floor tiles, meet demolition hammer…

Cabinet doors removed, exposing the huge storage water heater. The new heater is going to be hidden in the false ceiling, the new cabinets suspended, and the new sink counter mounted.

The crapper removed. I’m a little sad, it was a TOTO bowl in perfect condition.  I read somewhere that they flush really well, and even though I hadn’t the opportunity to *ahem* personally test that claim, it readily flushed down all the toilet paper we used in the spring cleaning.

Still, it’s hard to break away from  the OCD urges blueprinted onto our Asian psyche, so it will have to make way for something new and unused.

On a happier note, we find out that there is enough depth in the flooring to allow for the removal of the shower stall kerb. Instead, the shower area will be a drop from the main bathroom floor.

Reno Day 1: Kitchen

Posted: December 14, 2010 in Kitchen
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The day we’re waiting for finally arrives. I’m on leave to attend Mr Cheng’s bachelor’s day out party, so I drop in for an early visit before I hit Sentosa.

There’s a definite buzz in the air. Our contractor is busy marking walls out, the electrician is taking his own notes and the demolition men are milling around.

The kitchen is a gut job. First to go out are the cabinets.

We’re also removing the diagonal brown wall on the left to open up the entry way.

Sounds straightforward but the mains distribution box is location on that wall, so we’re going to have to relocate a whole bunch of wires.

All the cabinetry is out by the time I return in the evening.

This is a strange little contraption I’ve not seen elsewhere. Gas heated water for the kitchen faucet. It’s taking up too much counter space, and we’re not going to use piped gas anyways, so it will go.

Not much but it’s a start. We’ll be getting rid of the floor tiles and screeding the flooring to match the living room’s. Doesn’t seem to make that much sense to demarcate such a small kitchen space.